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Soul Machines, a US-based developer of software which autonomously creates digital people, has secured $70m in a series B1 round led by telecoms and internet group SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. The round included Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of enterprise software producer Salesforce, as well as Cleveland Avenue, Liberty City Ventures, Solasta Ventures, Temasek and Horizons Ventures. Soul Machines confirmed it had now raised a total of $135m since being spun out of University of Auckland in 2016. Its existing shareholders include the institution’s Inventors Fund, which most recently backed a $40m series B round in early 2020.

SpliceBio, a Spain-based gene therapy developer co-founded by Princeton University and University of Barcelona researchers, closed a €50m ($55.8m) series A round today co-led by UCB Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of biopharmaceutical firm UCB, and Ysios Capital. The round also included Novartis Venture Fund on behalf of pharmaceutical company Novartis,…

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Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).